Cranston Non-Compete Agreement

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In Rhode Island, a covenant not to compete generally requires that, upon leaving the company, an employee agrees not to be employed by their employer's competitors. A covenant not to compete may also be called a "non-compete clause". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete can receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. While the employer?s interests are significant, Rhode Island courts place great weight on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Cranston that is excessively large.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

A Cranston, Rhode Island lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any documents that might limit your rights. The lawyer can help you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Cranston

Cranston is located in Providence County, Rhode Island, It was once called Pawtuxet. It is the third largest city in the state, with a population of 80,387 per the 2010 census.

Interestingly, Money Magazine named the city amongst the "100 Best Place to Live" in 2006. CQ Press's conducted research ranks Cranston amongst the "Twenty-Five Top Safest Cities in the U.S."

Popular attractions include the Warwick Mall and the CLCF Building. One unfortunate reason the city is known is because in 2010, the Pawtuxet River overflowed, adversely affecting many prominent sites and residences around Cranston.

Famous residents include A.J. Smith, Deon Anderson, Hugh Duffy, Mark Van Eeghen, Michael Parkhurst, Vinny Paz, Will Blackmon, Tom Denucci, Jeff Diehl, and Mike Stud.

Cranston is also home to attorneys that are able to provide residents and local businesses with excellent legal advice. Therefore, residents and business owners do not need to travel far to have their legal needs taken care of.

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